Interesting Story about Roman Quarry in Zvornik


This is an archaeological site located near Zvornik, in Dardagan, in the area of local community Cer. The site consists of an underground quarry from the period of time from 1st to 5thcentury AD, and two surface pits. It was the largest Roman quarry in the Balkans, and it is assumed that this is the largest and best-preserved cave type monument of Roman stone monuments in Europe. This is a very important site where Slovenian archaeologists discovered that the stone from this quarry was driven to Sirmium, one of the capitals of the Roman Empire.

This archaeological site could have a significance for the entire cultural offer of RS. For now it is only possible to visit a surface mine pit, while in the very near future it is expected to draw project ideas for touristic adjustment of the underground part of the quarry.

In the area of Zvornik, 56 necropoles with about 850 tombstones are recorded and they are found in various locations around the municipality of Zvornik (Kozjak, Skočić …), and three of them have inscriptions on and 44 embossed ornament, according to Zvornik Turizam.

It is especially valuable because right there in the area of Zvornik, in the valley of Hoča, a special style of decorating tombstones was created. Namely, for this carving school is characteristic a tower in the form of a medieval sword, and a relief is with vines in the form of volutes with bunches. On tombstones with inscriptions was used the old version of Cyrillic alphabet, Bosnian Cyrillic. How much are these tombstones valuable cultural monuments proves the fact that during the drafting of the project “Nomination of tombstones – medieval gravestones for the UNESCO World Heritage List,” and  according to UNESCO, four countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro will participate.


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